An Interprofessional Quality Improvement Training Program That Improves Educational and Quality Outcomes

Marianne Baernholdt, Moshe Feldman, Mary Lynn Davis-Ajami, L. Dale Harvey, Paul E. Mazmanian, Debbie Mobley, Jenifer K. Murphy, Carolyn Watts, Alan Dow

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Abstract

A key component of quality improvement (QI) is developing leaders who can implement QI projects collaboratively. A yearlong interprofessional, workplace-based, continuing professional development program devoted to QI trained 2 cohorts of teams (dyads or triads) to lead QI projects in their areas of work using Plan-Do-Study-Act methodology. Teams represented different specialties in both inpatient and outpatient settings. They spent 4 to 6 hours/week on seminars, online modules, bimonthly meetings with a QI coach, and QI project work. Evaluations conducted after each session included pre–post program QI self-efficacy and project milestones. Post-program participants reported higher levels of QI self-efficacy (mean = 3.47; SD = 0.39) compared with pre program (mean = 2.02, SD = 0.51; P =.03, Cohen’s d = 3.19). Impact on clinical units was demonstrated, but varied. The coach was identified as a key factor for success. An interprofessional, workplace-based, continuing professional development program focused on QI increased QI knowledge and skills and translated to improvements in the clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-584
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

Keywords

  • QI training
  • experiential learning
  • interprofessional
  • quality scholars program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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    Baernholdt, M., Feldman, M., Davis-Ajami, M. L., Harvey, L. D., Mazmanian, P. E., Mobley, D., Murphy, J. K., Watts, C., & Dow, A. (2019). An Interprofessional Quality Improvement Training Program That Improves Educational and Quality Outcomes. American Journal of Medical Quality, 34(6), 577-584. https://doi.org/10.1177/1062860618825306